Legacy Resi Scheme Wirral Waters

Wirral Waters gets £6m funding boost

Charlie Schouten

Wirral Council has secured £6m from the Government to bring forward more than 1,100 homes at the mixed-use site, while the council is also set to back Peel with a £1.5m grant to deliver an industrial scheme.

The £6m grant from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund will allow the council to deliver a package of remediation works across the site, including public realm and utilities, to enable the construction of 1,106 residential units across the area.

These include Peel and Urban Splash’s £55m, 347-home modular-build scheme; Wirral Waters One, featuring 500 homes; and the Belong Urban Village, which includes 34 one and two-bedroom apartments for independent living along with households providing 24-hour support for up to 12 residents each.

Urban Splash’s site is the biggest beneficiary, getting a £2.5m funding package for enabling works, with the other sites across the North Bank receiving funds ranging between £284,000 and £805,000.

The works will need planning consent before they can begin, and Peel as the landowner is required to provide a procurement strategy for the scheme. Under the terms of the funding, the work will need to be complete by March 2021.

Peel had previously warned there was “still work to do” before construction work could begin at Wirral Waters One after the scheme secured planning consent last December; however, the HIF money and infrastructure works are expected to pave the way for construction to start.

Under Peel’s timeline outlined in October last year, a construction tender will be issued this month, with construction starting on site in August.

Cllr George Davies said: “We have said time and again we are determined to maximise every square inch of brownfield land for residential development, as part of our commitment to protecting our precious Green Belt.

“The funding we have secured will help accelerate residential development on the Wirral Waters site, bringing much-needed new homes to Birkenhead.

“Wirral residents can now look forward to major improvement works being carried out at the site, quickly leading to new, attractive homes being developed for families.”

The funding is due to be signed off at a cabinet meeting on Monday, where the council will also discuss a potential £1.5m grant to Peel to bring forward an industrial scheme within the wider Wirral Waters site.

Peel is asking for the grant to support the second phase of its marine, energy, and automotive park, featuring 12 industrial units. This funding would meet a viability gap for the project, valued at just under £6m; the remainder of the funding includes £3.5m from Peel, and a £1m loan from Chrysalis.

The 12 units total 69,000 sq ft, with demand already identified among local and national occupiers. The rent is expected to be £5.75/sq ft.

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I’m glad Wirral Waters will now start to see some development to complement what they’re doing in Liverpool, these apartments are going to look great.

By Anonymous

Wirral Council secure HIF investment to deliver infrastructure works on a Peel owned site.

Ok then…

By Nothing to see

The Wirral`s future would be brighter without the LCR.

By Heswall

So 41% of the funding for a £6m scheme comes from the public sector to deliver just just 12 industrial units. Typical Peel.

What are the chances of this scheme never coming forward once the grant money has been spent?

By Tax payer

The Wirral’s future would be brighter without moaners from Heswall.

By SP

Wirral Waters, Birkenhead and New Brighton are finally beginning to see some traction now that it’s Council have finally started marketing the area as Liverpool’s left bank. One city across the river will deliver far more investment punch, than Heswell’s distopian Royston Vasey schtick.

By Denby

Heswall is on the edge of the great city of Liverpool and much better for it. Finally Wirral’s gravity is returning to its heart; it’s Mersey Waterfront which will provide for its future prosperity, and many more jobs, as part of Liverpool. The same goes for Sefton. We’ve always been Liverpool at least 12 miles out, we have inherited the City’s port, and we have great areas like Waterloo which are also part of the City’s Waterfront. The former home of the White Star line empresario – ‘The Titanic’ – is currently on the market for a hefty sum at Beach Lawn…. an area rich in Liverpool heritage just like The Wirral.

By Roscoe

More public subsidy for Splash and Peel. Just amazing how they get it, no questions asked.

By John Smith

Agreed. The biggest injustice that has ever happened to the wirral is getting lumbered with a liverpool label.

By Anonron

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